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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/07/2022

Alan Weiss's Monday Morning Memo

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/07/2022


During my career I’ve worked with clients who originally wanted to “improve our team work” or “enhance communication skills” or “foster a happier workforce.” I’d always ask, “Why?” Because you can have a very happy group of employees communicating well until the cows come home, but such internal, perceived needs don’t mean the customers will be happy or the business improves. I became proleptic in these conversations, always seeking ultimate, powerful outcomes.

The idea, of course, is to create happier customers who buy more and refer more people to you, and happier employees will help do that. But the metric has to be external, about the business improvement. I asked a business owner not long ago, who effectively and frequently highlights her employees in public, “When was the last time you highlighted one of your best customers?” That brought about an embarrassed silence.

I look at end results and work backwards, asking myself, “How can I achieve that outcome as rapidly as possible and with the least labor on my part?” That’s a fair question, and it’s why I charge by the value I provide—a business outcome—and not by the hour or by the deliverable (for example, a training program, or in today’s hideous vernacular, “a training”). HR people are ecstatic about deliverables that simply occur and evanesce and don’t have to be assessed for ROI. But executives have to report to the board and investors about business results.

I ask myself the same kinds of questions about whether I need new software or another storage back-up or additional bells and whistles around Zoom. (I’m giddy when I see people with green screens, 24 lights, three cameras, and less value than I provide simply looking into my computer camera. For me, screen sharing is holding up a drawing I’ve made on a legal pad.)

Incidentally, the origin of the phrase “until the cows come home” comes from the 19th Century and the practice of cows returning to their shelters at some indefinite point, usually at a slow, languid pace of their own.

I think we have to be faster and more focused on outcomes than livestock.


Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. — Oscar Wilde

If fighting is sure to result in victory, than you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding. — Sun Tzu

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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